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Ericsson: network services for massive IoT sees launch

12 Jul 2017
InTheNews

Packaging a “broad range of radio network services together to enable operators to smoothly introduce Internet of Things applications on their networks” as well as new IoT software features, Ericsson is going massive.

As the first commercial Internet of Things (IoT) networks are being introduced, Ericsson advises that it has complemented “its cellular IoT software and IoT Accelerator offerings with a complete set of network services".

A presentation, shared at SlideShare, can be seen here.

Ericsson says: “these services enable service providers to efficiently address the deployment and operation of the massive number of IoT devices being introduced to LTE networks.”

We’re told that these services are applicable for Cat-M1 (also called LTE-M) and Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) technologies, and “include IoT network design and optimisation, deployment, operation and management”, while also being “supported by the recently expanded Support Services” offering.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

New Vodafone tower for Kumbia

12 Jul 2017
VodafoneNews

A NEW Vodafone mobile phone service has been switched on near Kumbia, which will provide greater connectivity to the town as well as motorists.

The new 4G facility has been added to the top of the 32m high NBN Fixed Wireless tower, located just off Brook Rd.

The coverage will reach about a 50km radius from the tower, 220 square kilometres all up. This will include major roads such as the Bunya Highway, Kearneys Rd and Kumbia-Brooklands Rd.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud and Vodafone Regional Manager Rhys Morgan officially opened the tower on Tuesday.

"We're pleased to be expanding the 4G footprint in the Maranoa Electorate as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program,” Mr Morgan said.

"With mobile access a critical part of everyday life, the importance of this program, coupled with the telco industry working together to achieve the best outcome for the population, cannot be understated.”

The new site at Kumbia joins the recently opened site at Cooyar.

To continue reading the article: click here. (southburnetttimes.com.au)

Telstra makes Wi-Fi calling easy and cheap

12 Jul 2017
TelstraNews

It was mildly alarming when my phone rang during lunch at the Brown Pub yesterday. You see, the pub is in Methven, New Zealand, and my Australian phone service wasn't set up for international roaming. So I had no idea how or why Wayne from NSW was on the line.

"What number have you called me on, Wayne?" "Same one as always." It turns out that Telstra's Wi-Fi Calling feature now works in New Zealand.

As long as your compatible smartphone running a compatible operating system is connected to compatible Wi-Fi, your phone service will operate as if the handset was on its home network in Australia.

Our iPhone 6 was hotspotted to the Vodafone handset we always carry on the eastern side of the Tasman. Any later model iPhone is also compatible, as are all the Samsung Galaxy units from the S6 up to the S8+ and Telstra says it's working to extend the service to other hardware vendors.

But, what qualifies as a compatible Wi-Fi system is a little unclear. Apparently most mobile hotspots should work, as well as the fixed hotspot Telstra Air network. But some other Wi-Fi modems may not play nicely with the feature and not every internet service provider and non-Telstra public Wi-Fi hotspot let call traffic pass through.

 

To continue reading the article: click here. (afr.com)

Large telecommunications tower to go up in Campbelltown

10 Jul 2017
InTheNews

The future of a 56m telecommunications tower proposed for Campbelltown’s south will be considered at tonight’s Campbelltown Council meeting.

The proposed tower will be located at Lot 7 Narellan Rd within the southwestern corner of the proposed stage five subdivision of the larger Western Sydney University residential release area.

The tower will be capable of taking on multiple network carriers, negating the need for more towers to be built across the area.

Campbelltown Deputy Mayor Meg Oates expected councillors would approve the tower, saying its multi-carrier capability was a positive move.

“If people want to use their mobile phones then these towers are going to have to be built somewhere,” she said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (dailytelegraph.com.au)

Optus announce $17.5m for improved 4G coverage

07 Jul 2017
OptusNews

Areas including Cradle Mountain and Railton will be offered access to 4G mobile coverage for the first time, following an announcement that $17.5 million will be poured into improving Optus mobile services across Tasmania. 

Premier Will Hodgman joined Optus representatives to announce the funding on Thursday. 

The funding will cover the construction of 35 mobile base stations at locations in Devonport, Launceston, Hobart and the east coast. 

Optus acting vice president corporate and regulatory affairs Andrew Sheridan said he expected the sites would be up and running within 18 months. 

“We have to go through various planning and approval processes [and] that work has started for these towers,” Mr Sheridan said. 

“They’re all at various stages, we’re fairly confident we’ll be able to deliver those sites during that time period.”

Mr Hodgman said the Optus announcement would have flow-on effects for the small business economy.

To continue reading the article: click here. (theadvocate.com.au)

Tasmanians and visitors to benefit as Optus boosts its infrastructure in the state

06 Jul 2017
OptusNews

TELECOMMUNICATIONS giant Optus is investing heavily in its Tasmanian network with 35 new mobile sites to be built around Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and in tourist hot spots including Coles Bay and Cradle Mountain.

The $17.5 million spend over two years will boost its 4G mobile network to improve call quality and allow faster download speeds in telecommunication-challenged areas, Optus says.

The new investment comes on top of $5 million Optus has spent over the past year building 10 new sites and upgrading others to 4G.

“Our investment will provide Tasmanians and the state’s 1.26 million annual visitors with more choice and better Optus mobile coverage, call quality and download speeds,” Optus said.

Vice president of corporate and regulatory affairs, Andrew Sheridan, said the telecommunication company recognised the importance of connectivity to the state’s economy.

To continue reading the article: click here. (themercury.com.au)

Mobile upgrades delayed

06 Jul 2017
TelstraNews

Planned mobile service base stations for Wanganella and Bunnaloo under the Federal Government’s black spot program have been delayed.

New indicative timelines released by Telstra indicate the Bunnaloo tower will now be delivered in quarter three of this year. It was originally planned for the first quarter.

Wanganella’s tower has also been postponed a year, after previously being planned for 2017.

Edward River Council deputy general manager Barry Barlow said the postponements were ‘‘disappointing’’.

‘‘We’ve been pushing hard to get service improvements in our communities for some time,’’ Mr Barlow said.

‘‘This delay impacts on communities, individuals and businesses. The fatal crash between a truck and a ute near Wanganella (on June 8) is an indicator of how we need good service in those areas.’’

To continue reading the article: click here. (riverineherald.com.au)

New tower signals mobile coverage for 'pub with no beer'

06 Jul 2017
TelstraNews

If ‘The Pub With No Beer’ was to ever run dry again, they could now call for backup supplies.

A new mobile phone tower was installed in Taylors Arm yesterday as part of the Federal Government’s mobile black spot program meaning the famous landmark is no longer the pub with no mobile coverage.

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker attended the unveiling alongside State Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Telstra area general manager Mike Marom.

“This is great news for the people of Taylors Arm and the patrons of the Pub With No Beer, who have had their call answered for better mobile coverage,” Mr Marom said.

“It’s very difficult to stay connected these days without a decent mobile phone connection and this new tower unlocks opportunities for the locals of Taylors Arm,” said Mr Hartsuyker.

To continue reading the article: click here. (nambuccaguardian.com.au)

Fourth phone tower planned for the Sheidow Park and Hallett Cove area, in new Vodafone plans

06 Jul 2017
VodafoneNews

VODAFONE is planning a 35m phone tower at Sheidow Park which – if approved – could be among four within the local neighbourhood.

The telco has lodged plans with Marion Council for the tower at 7 Hutt Close.

The company also wants to build another in Hallett Cove.

There are already two nearby — one at Mitre 10 on Commercial Rd and another near the Hallett Cove library.

Marion councillor Ian Crossland said although the site was surrounded by industrial businesses, a tower at Hutt Close would probably be in view of nearby homes.

To continue reading the article: click here. (adelaidenow.com.au)

Optus apologises to customers after mobile, broadband outage

06 Jul 2017
OptusNews

Several Optus customers have reported outages on mobile data and broadband across Australia. Users have taken to social media to express dismay.

There were complaints about a lack of service in Victoria and the ACT. Some customers were also unable to check their network status on the Optus website, where an error message popped up whenever they entered their postcodes.

“Optus appear to have a major outage effecting NBN, ADSL and Mobile across NSW,” one Twitter user wrote. Many reported outages on Tuesday night at about 9: 30 pm Australian eastern standard time.

The telecommunications company was quick to apologise to customers after its network’s G mobile data and home broadband failed. An Optus spokesperson said technicians are currently investigating the cause of the interruption, appreciating their customers’ understanding.

A spokesperson for the company has confirmed through iTWire that customers in NSW, Victoria and the ACT may have experienced interruptions in 4G mobile data and home broadband services. “All data services were restored at approximately 10.30pm the same night."

To continue reading the article: click here. (ibtimes.com.au)

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